KOHEI KYOMORI x UNSODO
Kohei Kyomori is a decorative artist who reinterprets decorative arts from different decades and cultures around the world. Many of his paintings are inspired by ukiyo-e and in his latest project, Kyomori's first-time collaboration with Kyoto woodblock print publisher, "UNSODO" reveals a spectacular contemporary ukiyo-e print. Working with a 'horishi' engraver and a 'surishi' printer, the woodcut print combines traditional 17th-century and modern techniques to create an original woodblock print. In total, 22 woodblocks (with 44 front and back printing plates) were repeatedly pressed 191 times for a single woodblock print. The masterful techniques of the artisans produce delicate contours and smooth individually blended color gradients. For Kyomori, this new venture shows the vital oeuvre of Japan's rich historical tapestry of techniques stemming from the old Edo tradition.